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Name Change for the Social Theory, Social Structure and Change Area of Study

Dear Students:

For those of you studying in the Social Theory, Social Structure and Change Area of Study, we are excited to announce that as of January 2014, the new name for your area of study will be Social Science.

After much discussion amongst our faculty, students and approval from within the college, the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department have approved the official name change from Social Theory, Social Structure and Change (STSSC) to Social Science (SS) Area of Study.

The name change, along with the implementation of associate level guidelines and the inclusion of research methodology as part of the guidelines, will become effective for new students January 2014.

Current students, who have matriculated prior to January 2014, will have the option of keeping the former STSSC title in their degree program or they may opt to use the new title and follow the new guidelines. Students with a concurred degree program who wish to change to the new title will need to discuss the changes with their mentor and request a technical review by the Director of Academic Review at their center, to determine if their program as concurred will meet the revised guidelines. Any change to a concurred degree program deemed necessary by the Director of Academic Review to meet the revised guidelines will not incur any financial charges.

Dr. Dee Britton, AOS convener for the newly renamed Social Science AOS, cited the following rationale for the name change. The name, Social Science,

  • Encompasses the substance and key elements of the existing AOS: theory, analysis and research; empirical and humanist traditions; and social change/social action applications.
  • Provides an obvious home for prospective and current students seeking disciplinary and thematic degrees related to the social sciences, broadly defined.
  • Provides guidance for ESC mentors and assessment committees regarding what concentrations fit in this AOS.
  • Is more readily understood by external audiences, and therefore better serves graduates in terms of future graduate work and career plans.
  • Reflects the college’s substantial general education offerings in social sciences.
  • Reflects the extensive service role the AOS plays for students in other AOS’s, and recognizes this AOS as the source of many social science courses and studies at ESC that support various cognate professional fields, from business to human services to the health services.
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